Essential Gardening Tools for the Beginner Gardener

Gardening Tools and a Straw Hat

Gardening Tools and a Straw HatKeeping a garden in good condition is not as hard as it looks. It might seem like an overwhelming task for the beginner gardener. You might be tempted to get a professional to do it for you. With the right tools, however, you should be able to do it on your own. The trick is to buy only what you need at the start.

It is easy to go overboard with all the options available for every budget and spend more than necessary. You can avoid that by knowing the essential gardening and planting tools you need as a new gardener.


The first thing you need is a spade. This tool has a square head and a short handle. It is a multipurpose tool for digging holes, removing dirt, and putting in a plant. Choose one with a steelhead and a wide enough space for your foot.


A hand trowel is a small, narrow and pointed tool. It is ideal for putting plants and herbs into pots, loosening weeds, and blending potting mixes. Go for a stainless steel forged trowel with a rubber grip if you can find one. Make sure it feels comfortable in your grasp.

Garden fork

You need a garden or digging fork to loosen dirt, divide perennials and turn compost. It is different from a pitchfork. It has sturdier square tines for heavy digging. Look for one with a D-shaped hardwood or fiberglass handle and stainless steel head.

Pruning shears

Pruning shears are essential for keeping your garden neat and tidy. It cuts through tough plant fibers to make it easy to remove dead leaves and flowers, and control growth of plants. You do not need the most expensive ones. Good quality shears are quite affordable. Just look for one that fits your hand comfortably.

Garden hose

You definitely need a good quality garden hose, preferably with an adjustable sprayer. The sprayer should give you options from a strong stream to water mist for different kinds of plants. You need a garden hose long enough to reach all the corners of the garden so you will not have to move it. Go for good quality rubber instead of plastic, which tends to get brittle over time.

You may need other tools later on depending on the type and size of your garden. However, these are the garden tools you need from the very beginning. They will stay essential for as long as you have a garden.